What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is a painful experience affecting millions of Americans every year. Pinched or compressed nerves are usually a result of bone or connective tissue placing too much pressure on a nerve. This pressure causes inflammation, impeding the nerve function which our bodies interpret as pain.
A pinched nerve can occur at several sites in your body. For example, a herniated disk in the lower spine may put pressure on a nerve root, causing radiating pain to your leg. However, with rest and other conservative treatments, recovery typically a few days. On the other hand, surgery may be needed in some cases to relieve pain.
Pinched Nerve Causes
A pinched nerve is caused by too much pressure being applied to the nerve by surrounding tissue.
Below you will find the most common causes: